The video above is interesting. It shows that young people are not against reading and can read but they have to want to. They enjoy reading when they have some choice.Today we have technologies that allow us a lot of scope in how we approach read and how we respond to it.

On-line Book Shelves. These can be useful for recording and sharing reading, taking part in group discussions especially beyond the classroom, and suggesting further reading based on the selections of the user.
LibraryThing.jpgLibraryThing: This site is free for the first 200 books, $10/year and $25 for life (US). Join the group discussions or create your own.

Shelfari.jpgShelfari: Offers free site for collecting and recording reading and groupdiscussions.

goodreads.jpgGood Reads: Offers free service. A site that is used by a wide variety of readers. Offers the the recording and sharing options, group discussions, quizzes, author posts and also has a video section.
googlebooks.jpgGoogle books: offers a free service to create your own library of reads and share you views with others.

Book promotions
Instead of the traditional posters, book talks and the like there are a myriad of digital resources that can be used to encourage reading and books
Most of the publishers have a channel on YouTube, a Flickr group or multimedia on their sites Penguin Podcasts and Trailers, Faber Flickrgroup, Simon and Schuster, BlackDogBooks YouTube to name a few.
TeenReads Channel (YouTube)
Books Inspiring Film site and their YouTube Channel Started in US by a group wanting to encourage reading among teenagers by linking reading to film
Between the lines This Penguin site is now regularly updated with books, videos and interviews and has become easier for kids to be involved. There are prizes and giveaways with students also having the opportunity to be guest editors
BookTalks on-line - librarians, teachers, and students are creating and sharing booktalks online. The following are a few locations that you can visit to see a variety of booktalks
Booktalks - Quick and simple: Nancy Keane's site that offers podcasts, videos, tips for booktalks etc
Bookwink: Videos for readers primary to midteens
Storytubes: Young people in North America have the opportunity to make a short video about their favorite book and then enter that video into a nationwide contest. The winners videos can be accessed from here
TeacherTube also has many examples of Booktrailers
Classroom Book Talks wiki. This is set up for children to add their own and share with others

Author/illustrator blogs/sites. Many of these are great resources. They may have insights about the author, about the books they have written, trailers for their books, illustrations, writing in general, games, puzzles and so it goes on. A number of author also use twitter and could be fun to follow but have a look at some eg: use the Bright Ideas aussie authors twitter list here.

Fiction Focus(CMIS Evaluation) - YA Author blogs and YA author and illustrators on the web
A few interesting author sites are below:
Chris Van Allsburg Author/illustrator
Michael Hyde Author
Kenneth Oppel The Airborn series
Eric Carle Author/illustrator
Anthony HorowitzAuthor
Michael Pryor Author/editor inc The Quentaris series
Margaret Clark Author
Gordon Korman Author
Matthew Reilly Author
Sherryl Clark Author
Justine Larbalestier Author
Tohby Riddle Author/illustrator
Cory Doctorow Author
Conspiracy 365 series (Gabrielle Lord)
James Roy Author and his blog
Mem Fox Author/Illustrator
Chris MorphewAuthor of the Phoenix files
Shaun Tan Autthor/Illustrator
Neil Gaiman Journal Author/illustrator
Joshua Mowll Author/Illustrator
Colin Thompson Author/illustator
Richard HarlandAuthor
Robert Muchamore Cherub/Henderson Boys Series
Keith Thompson Illustrator/artist (Leviathan)
The enemy (Charlie Higson)
Patrick Ness Author
Scott WesterfeldAuthor (Leviathan, Peeps ..)
The Joshua Files (MG Harris)
William NicholsonAuthor
Marcus Zusak Author

Tools for responding or analysng

Glogster A very visual tool that will allow students to create interactive posters with images, videos, and music and therefore offers a wide range of ways to respond to reading. There is an "edu" option as well.
Education examples:
Reading Practice
A glogster on a LRC blog for websites for authors and book series relevant to primary students
A few of the wikis on this page use Glogster to enhance the look of their pages

Fotobabble: A free tool that makes it very easy to upload a photo, record your voice and share. At the moment users can choose to share their creations across a wide variety of social networks or email their creation. Interestingly for students the app is available as a web app for PC/Mac/etc. and as an iPhone app.

A post about using fotobabbleon Tech Tip for Teachers blog
Used here to promote a new series of books for younger readers here

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wordle

Wordle. A very simple tool that allows for visual analysis. There ae many references on-line to how to
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use Wordle. Below are a few.
Doug Barrett has a great GoogleDoc on Wordle it is now up to 45 interesting ways to use Wordle and growing. Many offer different ways to respond and analyse reading.
Guess the wordle (GWT) has a mystery book or poem each Thursday
"The Clever Sheep" had a post offering Top 20 uses for Wordle, each quite simple and easy to adapt
Tagxedo Similar to Wordle, this is another style of word cloud generator that can create tag clouds in the shape of objects
Tagul Another tool similar to Wordle but this program allows links to each word within the word cloud.
Word Mosaic ImageChef. Another word tool but with more design options than wordle. Word Mosaic allows you to create word clouds from any text you enter. There are some nice features in Word Mosaic and it allows you to save your creation as a gif and/or share it via email - Twitter, Facebook and my Space. Note: frequently used words do not appear larger as with Wordle.

Book trailers. Many students enjoy creating these instead of the old fashioned "write a book review/synopsis". Book trailers allow them to express themselves using music and images as well as text. There are many tools that can be used to create the trailers, some free and some not.
Fiction Focus(CMIS Evaluation) post about book trailers here and here and a PDF also
Book Trailers on Reading: Active and engaging. A wiki that has a classroom process, storyboarding and an assessment rubric here. Storyboard process and links here
Viddix This is a web2.0 tool that enables students to not only present in video form, but also to attach notes, slides, images, links, polls and more.

Voicethread is an online slideshow (media album) that can hold essentially any type of media (images, documents and videos) and allows people to make comments in a number of different ways. Offers educational account and first 3 free.
Cogs for Blogs post about Voicethread that offers a how-to and video.
Great Book Stories wiki. ListenandSee. This page contains links to great digital stories about books for young people, with some using voicethread. Also how-to advice.
Voicethread 4 education wiki with many ideas about using this tool

GoogleLit Trips. On this site you will find a list of lessons using various texts in which a virtual “trip” (using Google Earth) has been planned for use in describing events, settings, etc. of a story. You can create your own as well. Some LitTrips sites that might be of interest (thanks to Edubeacon): Google Lit Trips lesson, Exploring Google Lit Trips, Expedition Lit Trips - Thomas Cooper, Google Historical Voyages and Events global project by Carol LaRow

Some simple visual tools can be very effective and interesting for all age groups.
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Mosaic maker from BigHugeLabs Could be used to create a combination of images in response to a genre or book and any age group can use the tool








Links to useful sites
Webtools4u2use - a wiki with a page with suggestions about on-line presentation tools
Getting Tricky with wikis- a lot of advice about all things to do with wikis
Cool Tools for Schools article(Courier mail) links to many tools
Cool tools for Schools wiki with all kinds of Web2.0 tools to use in teaching
More suggestions here
And this How to embed almost anything into your website

E-books - many student like to "read" but prefer some different formats or like to have the option of different formats

Podcasts or Audiobooks

Bolinda Bolinda AudiobooksAustralian company that offers audiobooks as CDs but also MP3 options and is beginning to look into other digital options.
Manybooks.Net has public domain books already formatted for various handheld devices with an advantage of being able to download a book for an iPod, as well as provide text in iPod notes format.
LibriVox Apart from being able to download free public domain audiobooks you can have students upload their own contributions for others. A post with an idea about combining this tool with Project Gutenberg
Sync: YA Listening (from Audiobook Community US)
Blog post that has some more descriptions here

Kali, Avatar of the eBook by kandinski, on Flickr
Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License  by  kandinski 

Text downloads
(with many having free options)
**BookGlutton**Offers the opportunity to read books online then annotate and/or discuss them with others.
**DailyLit**is a free service that brings books (also free) (particularly classic books in the public domain) as excerpts, right into your inbox in convenient small messages that can take less than 5 minutes to read. A post with some options for using with students is here

Google Books
International Children’s Digital Library
Internet Archive Text Archive
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Planet eBook
Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg Australia
Read Easily
World Public Library
Blog post that has some more descriptions on each of the above here


All things Books and Reading
Bookleads A wiki designd to promete reading and books (P-12)
100 fantastic book sites for kids and teens Post listing many different sites
Inside a dog Site for childrens and YA literature and related activities. Managed by the State Library of Victoria
ReadPlus offers a large selection of book and film lists, reviews, teacher resources bookmarks with the aim to encourage a love of reading. Subscription $80/year (Aust)
Reading Rants: Out of the ordinary teen booklists
Fiction Focus(CMIS Evaluation)